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MOLISE AREA


This is Molise

Molise is one of the twenty regions that form Italian territory. It is situated in the south of Italy and is bordered by Abruzzo to the north, by Lazio to the west, by Campania to the south and by Apulia to the east. To the northeast, the region lies on the Adriatic Sea.
Molise is the youngest (born in 1963) and the second smallest (after Valle d’Aosta) region in Italy; then, Molise is the less populated region of Italy with a little more than 300.000 inhabitants.

Territory of Molise is mostly characterized by mountains and hills that go down to a small coast. There are four mountain ranges which cover 55,3% of territory: Monti del Matese, Mainarde – Monti della Meta, Monti dell’Alto Molise and Montagnola Molisana. The first two mountain chains consists of some peaks, which reach over 2000 meters in height. The rest of the territory is characterized by high hills and deep valleys, which become lower near the sea. These valleys were formed by creeks and rivers running through it (Biferno, Volturno, Sangro, Trigno and Fortore the most important). In some areas, streams of water have been formed artificial lakes (for example, Lago di Guardialfiera and Lago di Occhito). There are few plains, most of them delineated by mountains or adjacent to rivers.

Molise is made for walking!

Natural surrounding is almost untouched thanks to limited impact of human activity. The territory consists of some protected natural areas, among which Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise ( the first natural park in Europe), two natural reserves protected by UNESCO (Collemuccio and Montedimezzo) and WWF’s Guardiaregia – Campochiaro Oasis (the second biggest natural WWF’s oasis in Italy). Woodlands are extensive, especially those with turkey oaks, downy oaks and beeches. Trails and sheep tracks (due to thousand-year old practice of transhumance) are well developed. Discover landscapes and habitat of Molise can be an extremely interesting activity.

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